A recent Commercial Court decision highlights that the courts in Ireland are willing to be flexible in order to get work done. In Clariant AG and Clariant Plastics & Coatings (Ireland) Limited  IEHC 182, Mr Justice Barniville considered an application to enter proceedings in the Commercial List on the basis of a paper application and without the necessity for oral submission. In the context of the ongoing restrictions and in circumstances where all parties consent, it is envisaged that further entry applications will be dealt with by way of paper submission.
Mr Justice Barniville noted that the applicant in this case was eager to have the substantive application dealt with by way of remote hearing. However, Mr Justice Barniville noted that as the number of parties in this case was small, it should be possible to hold a physical hearing, observing social distancing.
Supreme court guidance
Separately, on 23 April the Supreme Court issued guidance for participants at remote Supreme Court hearings. The guidance note sets out the information to be provided to the court by email, and the deadlines for provision of such information. Questioning during submissions will be kept to a minimum and each team should set up their own separate means of communication amongst themselves, for example by WhatsApp.
It is encouraging to see the Courts Service continuing to take steps to alleviate what represents the effective shut down of the Courts during the COVID-19 crisis.
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